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waka

[wah-kuh] /ˈwɑ kə/
noun, plural waka, wakas.
1.
Prosody, tanka.
2.
poetry written in Japanese, as distinct from poetry written in Chinese by a Japanese writer, or poetry in other languages.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Japanese: literally, Japanese song < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese harmony (as a euphemistic reading of the character for dwarf, an ancient Chinese designation for the Japanese) + song
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waka

/ˈwɔːkə/
noun (NZ)
1.
a Māori canoe, usually made from a tree trunk
2.
a tribal group claiming descent from the first Māori settlers in New Zealand
Word Origin
Māori
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